The Fiber . The Fabric . The Production . The Printing . YOU!
At Pamut, we believe in supporting small businesses and local manufacturers. That’s why we decided to build our entire supply chain around sustainable NC companies.
Step 1: The Fiber
We use only GOTS certified organic cotton in 95% of our clothing. What we can’t find in organic cotton, we buy in sustainable, USA loomed cotton. Why is this so important? Because we’re finding out that synthetic fibers (such as polyester and viscose) release plastic microfibers into your washing machine with every wash. Some of these are filtered out at water filtration plants, but as many as 64,000 POUNDS of microfibers make it through the filters and into oceans and streams every day in the US. That’s 64,000 extra pounds of plastic pollution a day that we could be preventing by switching to clothing with natural fibers. Add in the fact that no pesticides were used on our organic cotton and you’ve got yourself THE best and cleanest fiber option out there, hands down.
Step 2: The Fabric
So what do we do with all of that organic cotton? Well, we turn it into a beautiful fabric, and we do all of that right here in North Carolina. When we found Contempora Fabrics in Lumberton, NC, we knew that they had something great going on. Their state-of-the-art circular knitting facility contains over 200 knitting machines, and they are a 100% employee owned company. They loved our idea of manufacturing garments entirely in our great state, so they worked with us to create a supersoft cotton jersey at a price that we could afford.
Step 3: The Production
When it came to getting our garments into production, we had no doubt in our mind that we wanted to work with Opportunity Threads for all of our t-shirt production. Opportunity Threads is a cut and sew operation based in the foothills of western NC. They specialize in sustainable textile production and are minority and women owned. Their focus on fair labor, sustainable environmental practices, and high quality product makes them really stand out!
Step 4: The Printing
Screenprinting can be a pretty toxic process from the get-go. There are plastic-based inks, harsh chemicals, and strong cleaning agents. We wanted to go about printing our tees in an eco-friendlier way, and that’s how we found Hey!Monkey Design in Durham, NC and TS Designs in Greensboro, NC. These small-scale printers use only water-based inks, which don’t contain the plastic particles and carcinogens that regular inks do. Lenny from Hey!Monkey Design was one of the first local makers we met when starting Pamut, so he’s been with us from the beginning. He’s a super cool guy, and his love for the printing process is totally inspiring!
Step 5: YOU!
You’re the most important step in our process! We design and source our product, but you support slow fashion by spreading the word. The fact is, everyone has the right to know where their clothes come from. We just make it easy! Check out the links below to get involved.